Vienna City Council approves budget

VIENNA – Vienna City Council Thursday night approved a $6 million budget for 2013-2014 that will be sent to the state tax commissioner.

Council went into an executive (closed) session during the meeting.

Mayor Randy Rapp called for his first executive session as mayor, citing personnel matters. Rapp called for the session about 15 minutes into the meeting and city council returned after discussions.

No action was taken and no votes took place on the matter at Thursday’s meeting, Rapp said.

Councilman Paul Thornton said items in the budget will include new police cruisers, Tasers and equipment for the Vienna Police Department. Jackson Memorial Park will receive funding for the concession building as well as a new restroom, dugouts for the ball fields and upgrades to the press boxes.

Council provided $10,000 for the Chocolate Jazz Foundation Inc.’s Chocolate Jazz Festival set for June 7 and 8 at Fishbone in Vienna.

The public works department will be given $5,000 for street repairs, Thornton said. The department also will receive a new garage on 12th Street allowing operations to be conducted in one building instead of the three now used.

A Christmas tree will be purchased for the city to use during the winter celebration, Thornton said.

Council approved the sale of a 1993 International Fire Rescue Truck to DuPont. Thornton remained out of the discussion, saying he works for the company that placed the winning sealed bid for the vehicle. The truck was sold for $45,000.

Vienna Fire Chief Steve Scholl said the truck had 6,900 miles on it.